British Airways celebrates first flight to Bahrain 80 years ago

The airline’s first flight to the region arrived in Bahrain in October 1932, under the banner of Imperial Airways, a predecessor to British Airways.

The Handley Page HP42 aircraft took off from Croydon, just south of London, on 2 October 1932. It travelled at just 160kmh and carried fewer than 20 passengers. The aircraft stopped in Bahrain en route to India and also touched down in Kuwait and Sharjah, UAE. It took six days to reach Sharjah.


Today, 80 years later, a British Airways flight from London Heathrow to Kuwait on a Boeing 777 takes approximately six hours, travels at 988kmh and can carry up to 345 passengers across four classes.

British Airways celebrates its 80th anniversary of flights to Bahrain and the Middle East with an event tonight at the British Embassy in Manama.

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